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November 11, 2019
Since calling Chris shortly before his death and telling him that my then six year old daughter (now 44) named her favorite stuffed animal Argyris, I have related that story to my graduate students. They have called many of their teachers, professors, and mentors to share fond memories and share thanks. That memory of Chris lives on in all the calls and emails. Hopefully, those who visit these pages will continue to reach out and thank those who were influential to them.
April 14, 2015
Ah, Chris Argyris! My eyes are still moist having learned of your death. It came one week after I retired from a career in an organization, and often as I attempted something taking courage and clarity about motives, saying, or thinking, "with Chris Argyris on my shoulder." Chris visited about 50 of us Yale freshmen on a weekend retreat for Christians days before our college life began, in September 1967. He said, as I have reported to friends hundreds of times since, "Gentlemen, study behavior of your fellow humans while at Yale. People will be the source of a your worst miseries and greatest pleasures, but to do well with them and yourself, you need skill. This is something you can work on, you can become competent in. I am competent." Seeing this black belt of a man towering over us and saying "competent" in this context seared something into my soul. Today I finished reading is last book, and am sitting at my dining room table writing about it and went to look for news on him and found this obituary. God bless him out there in the Mystery and all of his family. His closing words in his book, "I have tried to suggest in this book that bypassing Traps is a moral hazard of the highest magnitude."
March 30, 2015
Great scientist and teacher. Wedded to the truth and ready to silence-break. Miss him.
March 17, 2015
In the summer of 1963 I was a PhD student working for Chris and he did my career an enormous good. I asked him how to repay. He told me, without using those words, to pay it forward. Just tonight I did that with one of my graduate students and thought I'd have my student write Chris to say his student had partially repaid a debt. too late.
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